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MIKEY WEINSTEIN
OP-ED PUBLISHED BY
HUFFPOST, TRUTHOUT,
DAILY KOS, ALTERNET

It's The Hypocrisy, Stupid: Fundamentalist Christian
Bullies Running Amok
in America's Military

by Mikey Weinstein, MRFF Founder and President

Monday, December 9, 2013

Selected Article Excerpts:

  • 'Tis the season when goodwill, family unity, fireside warmth, and generosity seemingly reign; the more discerning eye, however, clearly evinces the cold chill of holiday hypocrisy, crass commercialism, and spiritually vacant pseudo-religious posturing. Within the United States Armed Forces, one needn't wait for the scent of holiday spices and burning yule logs to witness a similarly ugly display.

  • Despite pathetically disingenuous damage control efforts by newly-minted Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the [Air Force] Academy simply can't shrug off the pungent stench of Keystone Kops negligence and willful malfeasance which it has ignominiously accumulated over its last deplorable decade of serial scandals.

  • Many of the worst marks of disgrace on the collective body of the Academy are the self-inflicted result of its Constitutionally derelict leaders violating the religious liberties of cadets, faculty, and staff. This affliction of the most basic civil rights of Air Force Academy personnel is wrought by means of aggressive fundamentalist Christian preaching and proselytizing while in uniform – a wholesale violation of the very same United States Constitution which these leaders have sworn to support and defend with their very lives.

  • And, just last month, in my capacity as Founder and President of MRFF, I received a "hate" email that addressed the litanies of egregious, fundamentalist Christian supremacy religious violations that have earned weapons-grade infamy for the Academy. The email read, in part: "God will always be a part of the US Military even when you are gone to meet him face to face… I am on staff at USAFA and will talk about Jesus Christ my Lord and savior to everyone that I work with."Who wrote this wonderful email? None other than Allen Willoughby, head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director at USAFA's prep school.

  • Meanwhile, our civil rights foundation perpetually receives a sadly steady torrent of anguished testimonials from myriad sailors, soldiers, marines, airmen, cadets, midshipmen, national guardsmen, reservists and veterans regarding their own profound suffering at the hands of corrupt-to-the-bone so-called "leaders." These plaintive pleas for help have included forced attendance at military Holiday Balls with clear, Christian sectarian religious themes, the coerced swearing of religious oaths, mandatory "spiritual fitness" testing and a veritable plethora of other "spiritual rape" grievances large and small across the entirety of the United States armed forces home and abroad.

  • Presently, a new tactic is being employed and deployed by this twisted Christian version of the Taliban. We are seeing a cowardly swarm of smarmy, fundamentalist Christian organizations such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and Officers' Christian Fellowship, endlessly whining and screaming that it is now THEY who are the "real" victims of "Obama's anti-Christian Defense Department." Those among the Pentagon's top brass and civilian legislatures who take these fraudulent, contrived and mendacious affirmations of victimhood seriously would do well to consider the real "Clear and Present Danger" to good order, morale, and discipline in America's mighty military: It's the hypocrisy, stupid.

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